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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the riddle-wrapped-in-a-mystery-inside-an-enigma dept.
An anonymous reader writes in with the latest from the rumor mill about a possible Apple smartwatch. "We've heard that when Apple reveals its first smartwatch product, there's going to be a heavy focus on health and fitness, but There might also be a way to charge the wearable without plugging it in, according to a report from the New York Times. Inductive charging came in a wave of smartphones last year, including Google's Nexus 4 and Nokia's Lumia 920 range, although we don't often see it in anything smaller than a phone (or camera) form-factor. Apple, however, is looking into cramming the same technology into its iWatch, or whatever it eventually calls its debut wearable."
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

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  • £10 says.... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Philip Mather (2889417) on Monday February 03, 2014 @05:14AM (#46139097)
    ...they miss the point and try and make it sing, dance & make morning toast for you and that the motion and solar charging is a frantic attempt to make the battery life acceptable. Inductive charging would be good but anyone in the smart watch arena needs to take a leaf out o Pebbles book and keep it simple.
  • Re:Duh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tx (96709) on Monday February 03, 2014 @05:53AM (#46139203) Journal

    Apple didn't make a success of the iPhone by being first to market with a smartphone, they did it by getting it right. I'm no Apple fanboy, and I own no Apple products, but current smartwatches are a joke, and if anyone is going to take the concept beyond niche/gimmick level, it wouldn't entirely surprise me if it was Apple.

  • by Savage-Rabbit (308260) on Monday February 03, 2014 @05:58AM (#46139217)

    No, they don't.

    Apple's hallmark is to rush a product to market without thoroughly testing it. Hence, all the technical and usability problems since Jobs took over on the second go round, and, hence, the classic line by Apple apologists, "Never buy the first iteration of an Apple product."

    It's usually a good rule do thumb to never buy the first iteration of any computer software or hardware product at all, especially software.

    The rest of your post is either blatant trolling or a symptom of some psychological disorder and so not worthy of a response.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 03, 2014 @06:05AM (#46139237)

    ***It's usually a good rule do thumb to never buy the first iteration of any computer software or hardware product at all, especially software.***

    Not hardware -- only the Apple fanboys make such statements about hardware, because Apple has such a terrible history of problems.

    By the way, you're holding it wrong!

  • Re:£10 says.... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by cheesybagel (670288) on Monday February 03, 2014 @06:41AM (#46139333)

    If Jobs was still around that would probably be it. Except it wouldn't have taken this long to develop.

  • Re:Duh? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gnasher719 (869701) on Monday February 03, 2014 @07:07AM (#46139439)

    Yeah, they didn't make a success of the Apple TV, so its not like everything they touch magically becomes popular. They had their failures in the past.

    Apple TV outsells for example Xbox 360 for the last two years, Wii U, and probably a lot of other devices that you think are very successful.

  • Re:Duh? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Savage-Rabbit (308260) on Monday February 03, 2014 @07:13AM (#46139475)

    Its more like marketing. BTW the only MP3 player I ever bought was from Creative Labs and at least their bundled headphones weren't a complete POS. I plugged it in and i looked just like any other USB pen and I can drag and drop MP3 files into it easily. Much better than having to use iTunes.

    And yet for some reason millions upon millions of people disagreed and bought the iPod, and don't tell me it was just marketing. There is always more to a blockbuster hit it than just marketing.

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